A site in Cornwall has been added to an official register of English Civil War battlefields, marking the first time that the list has been edited since it was drawn up in 1995. The area, near the town of Lostwithiel, was the scene of two separate battles during August and September 1644, but was not included in the original English Heritage register due to a lack of information about the nature and location of the fighting.
Frank Baldwin is chairman of the Battlefields Trust, which made an application to English Heritage for the site to be included. He said: “Over the past couple of decades, we have learned more about the battle. People have examined the evidence there and brought it to light… Developments in scientific techniques — such as massively improved metal detecting — allow us to learn so much more than we could even 20 years ago.” For more about the English Civil War, don’t miss the September issue of BBC History Magazine, on sale from 15 August.
Sheep reared on Sark ‘for thousands of years’
Sheep may have been reared on Sark as long ago as the second millennium BC, according to archaeologists excavating an ancient site on the island. Experts from the University of Oxford have discovered a number of ancient spindle whorls, used for working wool, in the remains of a settlement near Sark Mill.
New survey to explore historic shipwrecks
The stories of ships that sank off the coast of England in the years before 1840 are to be explored in a new English Heritage project. The initiative will enlist a team of archaeological divers to examine some of the previously unrecorded shipwrecks identified in a survey carried out in 2012. To read more on this story, see the August issue of BBC History Magazine, on sale now.
Shropshire gold ring declared treasure
A gold ring discovered by a metal detectorist in south Shropshire has been ruled as treasure. British Museum experts estimate that the artefact, which is 93 per cent gold, dates from the early medieval period.
Heatwave reveals former site of 16th-century buildings
Hot weather and a lack of rain in England over recent weeks has helped reveal the outlines of buildings that once stood at a 16th-century mansion in Oxfordshire. The marks, at Greys Court near Henley-on-Thames, reflect different levels of moisture in the ground and are thought to show the borders of courtyards and brick walls.
Jane Austen to appear on new £10 note
Jane Austen is set to appear on a forthcoming redesign of the £10 note, the Bank of England has announced. The decision to use an image of the author as successor to one of Charles Darwin follows complaints about the lack of female figures on the country’s currency.
Gardener hits live Second World War grenade
A retired gardener in Surrey has described his lucky escape after discovering a live Second World War grenade near his house. Anthony Lawrence, who was removing a tree from his driveway when he hit the object with a spade, had already handled the device before he became concerned and called the police. Bomb disposal experts subsequently carried out a controlled explosion in nearby woodland.
Image credits: © English Heritage (wrecks); Bank of England (Austen)